House of Cards (2013) s03e06 Episode Script

Chapter 32

More water, ma'am? Yes, please.
How much longer, Ben? Estimated four hours and 16 minutes.
Some breakfast, maybe? The usual? That would be wonderful.
Thank you.
Only about an hour until sunrise! Last chance for those northern lights.
I could tell you about working at a movie theatre, some paper route.
Riding my bicycle five miles to deliver seven papers for $10 a month.
But the truth is, I didn't have a bicycle.
And I spent more time sneaking into the movie theatre than tearing tickets.
So what was it, then? My first job? Oh, that can't go in the book.
Why not? I worked for a man who grew cannabis in the backwoods.
- A weed dealer? - No, a farmer.
Uncle Henry.
He wasn't my uncle, but that's just what everybody called him.
What'd you do for Uncle Henry? I packaged the product.
For some reason, he trusted me with the scales.
Hmm.
And did you partake of the product? No.
Good old Uncle Henry, he fertilised his crop from his own septic tank.
But it was a good job, though.
I saved up a lot of money.
It's how I bought all my books, my entire four years at the Sentinel.
Tell me about the Sentinel.
What was your first job? No, no.
Book's not about me.
The hustler in Scorpio.
That was you, wasn't it? What makes you think that? Don't writers write what they know? The hustler was based on a friend of mine.
I didn't turn tricks.
I just waited in the hotel lobbies in case he got into trouble.
Tough life for a teenager.
Better than digging around in dumpsters.
What happened to him, your friend? He died.
Was it AIDS, like in the book? Suicide.
Why didn't you write it that way? 'Cause it was fiction.
'Cause suicide is too selfish.
Let's talk later.
I've got a few things I gotta run over with Claire.
Sure.
It's a tight schedule, so we may not be able to speak until the flight back.
No worries.
First time in Moscow, I've got a date with Gorky Park and Swan Lake.
How's it going? Cathy emailed me the statement.
We got the Kremlin to tone down the language.
Do you think Corrigan will say it? I'm sure he'll hate every word, but if it means coming home Well, the only reason that Petrov is considering this is because we have leverage in the UN.
You're both confident that this is rock solid? If Petrov doesn't cooperate, the Secretary-General will call an emergency session the moment we land in the States.
Let's hope we don't have to play that card.
Just don't give too much away.
Oh, listen, he's been marginalised in the Security Council, he's detaining American citizen he wants to wash his hands of.
I think we'll find that we're dealing with a much more reasonable man than the one that visited Washington.
We fly back with a peacekeeping deal and Corrigan, lemons to lemonade.
I think we should give Corrigan our suite on the way back.
Give him some privacy from the press.
That's a good idea.
Have you slept at all? No.
Eaten anything? Not yet.
Here.
Come see this.
Isn't it the most beautiful thing you've ever seen? Earth to Max.
Hey.
You seem distracted.
Yeah, maybe a little.
Is it Kara? Kara? What? You should ask her out, I know she'd say yes.
It would be good for you, meet new people.
I can't.
I don't trust myself yet.
What do you mean? Hey, Max.
Tell me.
You promise you won't judge? I won't.
I promise.
Well, after she left, there were a lot of nights of drugs and women.
And some of the women, I don't even remember.
And Kara's a nice girl, so But you're not that person any more.
There were some dangerous situations, it was all really fucked up, and I wasn't always safe.
Well, have you gotten tested? No.
Well, then you need to be tested.
I know, but it scares the shit out of me.
Well, sure! Do you want me to go with you? No, I don't.
Look, there's a free clinic in Towson.
Plenty of my friends go there.
You just walk in, you I get it! I get it.
I could go with you tomorrow, if you want me to.
I don't need a mother.
Hey, I'm not trying to mother you, I just, I care about you, and I want you to be safe.
Just Max? Max! Thank you for releasing Mr Corrigan, it means a great deal to us.
And I'm sure a great deal to his loved ones.
We all want the same things.
This is just a first step.
Mr Litsky, my chief of staff, will escort you to the facilities.
- Shall we? - Mr President.
- Thank you.
- After you.
So, we start over.
As though we meet for the first time.
Hmm? Please.
- Promise him a prison.
- A prison? A brand new federal corrections facility.
Why would his constituents want convicts in their backyard? They don't.
But they do want jobs in their backyard.
He's been trying to get federal funding for years, Birch has fought him on it.
Tell him you'll get Birch to come around.
If that doesn't work, hint that there might be a place for him as Transportation Secretary.
He's owned by the auto industry.
His stance on carbon emissions is deplorable.
Then balance him out with whoever you have running the EPA.
I am not ready to make cabinet commitments this early on.
It's not a commitment.
You're just open to considering him.
Doug? We should get started.
Use the auto industry to your advantage.
Whoever Winkowski supports, every superdelegate backed by Ford and Chrysler follows.
And if that doesn't work, tell him you're considering Dick Butler for Transportation.
He hates Butler.
I gotta go.
Let me know what he says.
You're here to work on your body, not work on your work.
Well, when the boss calls.
Well, while you're on my turf, I'm the boss.
So get in there and lie down on the mat.
Yes, ma'am.
- Michael.
- Mrs Underwood.
Claire.
You've been treated well? Very well, as you can see.
Thank you, Mr Litsky, but I'd like to hear it from Mr Corrigan.
Yes.
They've treated me well.
You've seen a doctor? I have.
Yesterday.
You look thin.
I've always been thin.
The President asked me to see you in person, to share the good news.
The terms of your release have been finalised.
We'll be bringing you home with us tomorrow.
I thought you'd be pleased.
What are the terms? There will be a joint press conference.
With Petrov? Yes, both presidents.
The agreement asks that you make a brief statement.
I'm sorry.
The type is too small, and I don't have glasses.
We offered glasses to Mr Corrigan.
They did.
And mine broke during the arrest.
The other inmates don't get glasses.
I didn't want special treatment.
We provide glasses to anyone who needs them, Russian or American.
That is a lie.
I will read it.
It says, "I, Michael Corrigan, "apologise to the citizens of the Russian Federation "for breaking your laws.
"I regret my part in exposing minors to "nontraditional sexual attitudes.
"I am grateful to President Petrov "for the clemency my release demonstrates, "and for allowing me to return to the United States.
" Who wrote it? It's the result of extended negotiations between representatives of the State Department and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
I'm sorry, I can't say it.
I know it's far from ideal, Michael.
There is no ideal.
Other than repealing the law.
May we have a moment? President Petrov asked me to remain with you.
And I'm asking you to give us a moment.
Mr Litsky, I'm assuming this cell is bugged? I know nothing about the facilities.
Where is it? Mrs Underwood.
If Mr Corrigan and I are to speak privately, I would like to be assured that it is truly private.
Show me where the bug is.
Thank you.
They're not going to repeal the law.
The statement is a prerequisite for your release.
There are no negotiations here, Michael.
That part already happened.
What about the 27 others? They're not American.
Well, if they're not going to be released, neither should I.
There's nothing we can do for them.
You're the First Lady, and the Ambassador to the United Nations.
And you tell me there's nothing you can do? I refuse to believe that.
Michael, it was hard enough to negotiate just for your release.
You're gonna have to drag me out of here, because I'm not giving that statement.
It's just words.
Words you can disown the moment you're back on U.
S.
soil.
Petrov's gay propaganda law? That's just words, too.
So, command and control rotation.
Semi-annually, after the first year.
We pushed for immediate rotation, but the Israelis have No, of course.
We need to earn their trust.
But we would never make any major decisions without consulting your generals first.
As long as there is transparency and communication.
Well, that's the key to this entire enterprise.
Hmm.
Then, after the first year is fine, and troop numbers look agreeable, are you sure you can procure this many on your end? Yes.
I don't need Congress for that.
No, but the funding.
Well, it comes out of the DOD budget, like any regular deployment.
Now, infrastructure and logistical supplies for your troops, well, we can add that expense as ancillary support.
Hmm.
We can pitch in.
Well, whatever you could spare would certainly be welcome.
But that brings us to the elephant in the room.
Missile defence.
Mmm-hmm.
Now, I can accept a partial scale-back in Poland.
And it doesn't have to be announced.
But we need to consider the Czech Republic.
Tell me your concerns.
Your wife values privacy.
Excuse me? We were talking missile defence.
Why did you bring up Claire? She's talking privately to Corrigan, it's no matter.
Is there something wrong? I hope not.
Now, missile defence.
A statement for the Russian media.
That's all it is.
Let me ask you something.
Would you read that statement? If you were me? Yes.
I would.
You'd thank a man who says you're dangerous to children? You don't have to mean it.
You just have to say it.
I went on a hunger strike for six days.
Then I stopped.
Too hungry.
I couldn't go on.
One of the others that I was arrested with, Sergei, hung in there for 28 days.
They decided to force-feed him, and they finally agreed to let his mother visit.
Turns out it was too late, on both counts.
Lots of news stories about me.
None about Sergei.
A man dies, and it's like nothing happened.
Because he's Russian.
I can't abandon the others in here.
Or the millions of people out there who are told the way they are born is wrong.
But back home, you can share Sergei's story.
That doesn't do anything for him or the others.
We will drag you out, if necessary, you don't have any power over that.
But the one thing I do have power over is not making that statement.
Okay.
What if I can get them to change the line about nontraditional sexual attitudes? That's what bothers you most You can't parse this.
It's all-or-nothing.
That's not how politics works.
But it's how revolution works! How are things going? May I speak with you for a moment? What are you up to? What do you mean? Corrigan.
Tell me what's wrong.
You wanted him to refuse.
To embarrass me.
Your wife told him not to make the statement.
That is ludicrous.
You came here with false intentions.
No.
Viktor, we knew that he might be stubborn, but this is a man with strong beliefs.
This statement is important to me.
Well, if anything, Claire is trying to convince him to make it.
Then why did she ask for the surveillance audio to be removed? I don't know.
Perhaps so he wouldn't feel on the spot.
But, look, I wouldn't worry about this just yet.
Claire is very persuasive.
Let me be very clear.
If there is no statement, there is no deal.
On any front.
Not between us, not for him.
He gets tried, convicted, sentenced.
Now, I asked Mr Litsky to inform them both.
I have complete confidence in my wife.
And Viktor, you must know, this isn't part of any plan.
That's it.
There's no flexibility with regard to the statement.
You don't cooperate, you go to trial.
Good.
They can't keep me from speaking in court.
What about your husband? You've spoken to John? I let him know we were hopeful.
How is he? He's worried about you.
He wanted to come with us, but that wasn't possible, for obvious reasons.
I promised to call after I saw you.
I was thinking you'd call instead.
From Air Force One.
He'll understand.
He misses you, Michael.
I miss him.
I miss a lot of things.
My parents.
My friends.
My dog.
More than two square feet of sunlight But it's the life we chose.
It's what our bond is built on.
John has been very vocal, back home.
All he talks about is your release.
You're causing him pain.
And you don't have to.
And he didn't have to marry me.
That's selfish.
Maybe.
But so is contradicting everything I believe in just to get out of this cell.
I think what you're doing is more selfish.
It's about ego.
Proving something to yourself.
And a man back home is hurting because of it.
John is weak.
He'd say the statement in a heartbeat if he spent more than a few days in here.
Which is why I'm here, and he's not.
If he thinks I'm being selfish, so what? Either he accepts it, or he doesn't.
Isn't that what marriage is about? Accepting your partner's selfishness? You, of all people, should understand.
You know nothing about marriage.
You think it's about sacrifice? I think it's about respect.
And you're not respecting his pain.
His pain doesn't matter.
How can you say that? Because mine doesn't, either.
You know what I've been asking myself ever since the hunger strike? "Am I truly willing to die for this?" I don't know the answer to that question.
But at least I have something that I care enough about to even ask the question.
Have you asked that of yourself? What are you willing to die for? Are you ready yet, Mrs Underwood? Not yet.
How much longer, if I might? Please inform the President I won't be leaving until Mr Corrigan comes with me.
You can't stay here, Mrs Underwood.
Pass along the message, would you? We can't have the First Lady staying You're not going to forcibly remove me.
So please do as I ask.
What are you doing? Viktor's beside himself.
You need to convince him to let go of the statement.
Look, you have to assume we're being overheard, this is not a secure line.
Anything I'm saying, I'd say to Petrov himself, if he were here.
I thought you were convincing Corrigan to make the statement.
Francis, I'm doing my best.
But we need to come at this from both sides.
Well, he's adamant, he's not gonna back down, and I don't blame him.
Corrigan's adamant, too.
The entire deal hinges on this.
Now, Viktor made it very clear what his needs are, and we made promises before I'm trying to salvage the situation.
Well, there isn't much time.
We're scheduled to get back on the plane tomorrow morning, and the press expects Michael to get on that flight with us.
Viktor, if you're listening to this, please know I'm advocating on your behalf.
But you might want to consider letting the statement go.
He's not gonna do it, Claire.
Just talk to him, Francis.
If he won't let it go, see if he'll tone it down some more.
He doesn't want all of this to fall apart, either.
All right.
I'll see what I can do.
I'll keep you posted.
This is great.
Thank you.
Oh, excuse me, sorry.
Hey, Max.
I'm here, at the clinic.
You okay? You sound I'm soared, they're about to take the blood sample, can you come? Please, I'm really scared, Lisa.
Yeah.
Yeah, yeah, I'll be there as soon as I can, okay? Yeah.
Just hold tight.
Hey, um, I need to go.
Do you mind taking care of all this? - Mmm-hmm.
- Okay, thank you.
Good news, Mr Orsay.
You're negative on all fronts.
Here's the results for your records.
I've got some literature if you like, on protection, preventative strategies, how to avoid high-risk encounters No, thank you, I'm good.
Yeah, actually I will take those.
I'm positive.
I just can't be alone right now.
Come with me, come with me.
- Stamper.
- You're good.
He said yes? Took a couple of hours, but he's on board.
Did you have to bring up Butler? The prison was enough.
Great.
Who's your next target? Willis Morrison, Twelfth District.
Ohio.
I have his file at home.
I'll call you in an hour.
Surprise, surprise.
You're on the phone again.
I'm on my time now, not yours.
You out of here? Yeah, you're my last appointment.
Did that work today help? It did, I feel great.
Well, you're making great progress.
And when you're fully recovered, you know, we'll have that cell phone surgically removed from your ear.
See you later.
But isn't it even more powerful coming from me? It would ring hollow.
The words must come from him.
But no one will believe he means them anyway.
Whether he means them doesn't matter.
The fact that he says them shows respect for our laws.
I wish he'd make the damn statement, too.
And maybe he will.
But if he doesn't, you're willing to let all the work that we've accomplished today go down the drain, because of one loud-mouth protestor, over a law you can't possibly believe in.
No, you're right, I don't believe in it.
Two of my cabinet ministers are gay.
My ex-wife's nephew is gay, the one who is basically like a son to me.
Personally, I don't care.
So if you don't care, let's haul him out and put him on the plane.
Look, I don't want our deal to fall apart any more than you do.
Your wife was right on the phone.
But there is more than just our deal for me to consider.
I need to show strength.
No one's going to see this as a weakness.
On the contrary, you'll be applauded for letting him go.
By who, hmm? The West? You don't understand Russia, Mr President.
If people don't like the job you're doing, they vote you out of office.
If they don't like the job I'm doing, they topple statues.
Blood is spilled.
Chaos takes over.
- Is the gay propaganda law barbaric? - Yes, of course it is.
But religion, tradition, for most of my people, it's in their bones.
This law was passed for them.
I have to represent my people the same way you do.
And if there is no cost to Corrigan's actions, many of my people will feel betrayed.
There won't be a revolution because you freed one man.
Revolution sneaks up on you, one small step at a time.
I don't take chances, even with the smallest of steps.
No stone left unturned when the First Lady's in town.
Can I ask you something? If you'll pass the salt.
How did Michael Corrigan become Michael Corrigan? Gay? An activist.
I'm sure you got a briefing from the FBI.
Yes, but I would like to hear it from you.
A friend of mine, and this is in the early '90s, she invited me to go with her to a community organising meeting.
I had nothing better to do, so I said, "Okay.
" We get there and there's maybe It was pretty sad, actually.
And the guy speaking is talking about garbage.
- Garbage? - Recycling.
And the guy is putting all 12 of us to sleep.
What he was saying made sense, but zero charisma.
It was worse, anti-charisma.
But I noticed he had this habit of, uh, tilting his head when he was making an important point.
It was so endearing.
It was like this It was like a tip.
I couldn't help it.
I fell in love with him right then and there.
This was John.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.
Well, he's pretty charismatic on TV.
He learnt charisma.
I learnt how to think.
We rubbed off on each other well.
I didn't know you'd been together so long.
Twenty-one years.
Only been married for five because, well, we couldn't earlier.
Francis and I just celebrated 28.
Over half your life.
That's true, I haven't even thought about that.
You were young.
You ever regret it? No, no, I love Francis.
Now more than ever.
I regret it.
Committing to someone before I even knew who I was.
We didn't take legal vows, but we had our own version.
Stupid.
Why? Because all I've ever done is hurt him.
Um, kept him in my shadow.
Cheated on him.
You name it.
Well, it's the history that counts.
Not the other things.
Right? That's true.
No substitute for history.
But it's unfair to him.
I don't believe in fairness.
I don't think you do either.
Even though you fight for it.
And I don't believe you love your husband more than ever.
And how could you possibly know? Takes one to know one.
John and I haven't slept with each other in almost two years.
We don't even sleep in the same bedroom.
We've talked about separating, but we never follow through.
It seems wrong, to fight this hard for marriage equality and then get divorced.
Bad for business.
Honestly, I don't think it's how humans are built.
To be with each other for 50 years.
You don't have that option either, do you? How do you mean? Well, if you wanted something else, that would be really bad for business.
- You should eat.
- Said the snake to Eve.
Eat your apple.
The world won't end.
You need to get on the phone and tell her to leave.
She wouldn't listen to me even if I did.
She's dead set on convincing this guy for your benefit.
I'll have the guards escort her out, if necessary.
They will not lay a finger on my wife.
You'd actually prefer that, wouldn't you? So you could tell the world we dragged the First Lady out by her hair.
I'm finding it more and more difficult to tolerate your paranoia.
I could say the same of your lies.
When I lie to you, you'll never know it, and it will be for a good reason.
Corrigan doesn't fall into that category.
I should never have invited you here.
You and I can work together.
This afternoon is proof.
I would've been better off holding my ground.
And forcing us to pass the resolution? The United Nations, they mean nothing to me.
If they meant nothing to you, you would've held your ground.
But you want to be respected abroad as much as you are at home.
And I came here out of respect, Viktor.
And I sympathise with the situation you're in, that we're both in! Let's not let Michael Corrigan dictate the course of nations.
Can we at least discuss what a statement from me might look like? You look exhausted.
I didn't sleep much on the plane, so You should go back.
There's no reason for you to be in here with me.
I'm not leaving.
You're more stubborn than I am.
Why won't you let me help you? I've made my demands clear.
Michael, let me tell you what's going to happen if you refuse to make this statement.
You'll help no one.
In fact, life will get worse for the others you were arrested with.
Petrov will feel embarrassed.
He will arrest more people.
He will pass worse laws.
He's not going to let some American homosexual dictate his policy.
This man is ruthless.
You think he's gonna become reasonable suddenly, when all of this falls apart? You're being naive! And you're letting other people suffer because of it.
Don't undo what you've fought so hard for.
You think you can shame me? - Well, you can't.
- I'm giving you the truth.
I don't care how that makes you feel.
But do yourself the favour of hearing what I said.
I heard you.
I hope so.
I can't betray myself.
What would I be then? You'd be a politician.
And that's what you are.
Let the others do all the yelling and screaming.
You want change? Then learn how to compromise.
Be a fucking adult about this, Michael.
I need to think.
Okay? I need time.
The plane leaves tomorrow.
You should go back.
I need time to think alone.
Clear my head.
I'm not leaving here without you I need time! Just lie down for a little bit.
Take Just get some rest.
I just can't talk any more.
Okay.
Okay, I will.
For a few minutes.
Thanks.
There's treatment now.
The thing that angers me the most is that I let her do this to me.
Did you ever feel that way about your ex? Pain that just consumes you? Oh, for a while, yeah.
Still on bad days.
What was she like? Sorry, you don't have to No, I don't mind.
She was She'd had a tough life.
She had a lot of baggage.
Which I did, too.
We started out as friends and then we moved in together, and then it just happened.
We fell in love.
And I don't know, I guess I felt stronger with her.
And I think she felt the same way.
And I guess, maybe it was naive, but I thought that together we could let go of all that baggage.
Then we'd just be us.
Why did she leave? She said everything was happening too quickly.
Have you spoken to her since? Nope.
She stopped coming to the Fellowship.
I stopped by her apartment once.
Her landlord said she was gone.
Just no idea where she is? We used to lie in bed and fantasise about where we'd go, if we could go anywhere.
Paris, Australia, Timbuktu That was Rachel.
The far-off places.
I didn't need that.
Where would you go? The Jimenez Trail.
Where is that? New Mexico.
Oh.
Cuts across the whole state.
Hot springs and waterfalls.
I used to say we'd go there and hike it.
Find a good spot, build a cabin.
I'm sorry, we shouldn't be talking about me.
I asked.
Tea smells good.
Think I'll have some, too.
This looks good.
- You say every word.
- Of course.
And then, you take him directly to the plane.
Viktor, thank you.
Hmm.
But the Czech Republic.
I want all the missiles gone.
Not just a scale-back.
You can keep something in Poland for show, but that's it.
Agreed.
So, we have a deal.
Including everything we discussed about the Jordan Valley.
Yes.
Of course.
Then we have a deal.
Come, Mrs Underwood.
Please.
You shouldn't be here.
Mrs Underwood I'm sorry.
Would you like to lie down for a bit? - Change your clothes? - No, I can do that on the plane.
Well, you go straight there, we have the press conference to do.
- I should be with you, Francis.
- We have that handled.
I'd like to say something.
A few warm words to his family.
Yes, yes, of course.
I'll echo your sympathy and then Then say that I was planning on releasing him today.
I'll thank you for your generosity.
How tragic this has been.
And then a few words about the Jordan Valley, or if you'd prefer to announce our agreement.
No, no, it's fine if you Would you mind if your people showed me a draft of your remarks? Yes, I'll have them draft something right now.
And yours, too, Mrs Underwood.
Yes.
It's fine.
Whatever you want.
Ladies and gentlemen.
Good morning.
Mrs Underwood would like to start by saying a few words.
As you all know, Michael Corrigan was found dead in his cell this morning.
He had hung himself.
Michael and I spoke briefly yesterday.
He was being treated well and was grateful to President Petrov for granting his imminent release.
We don't know why Michael chose to do what he did.
We all wanted nothing more than for Michael to come home today, and we offer our heartfelt condolences to his family and his loved ones.
Thank you.
Thank you, Mrs Underwood.
Mrs Underwood? I didn’t just speak to him yesterday.
I was there when it happened.
Asleep.
He hung himself with my scarf.
I do know why Michael decided to take his own life, because he didn't want to lie.
And I can't dishonour him by telling a lie now.
Claire I was trying to convince him to say that he broke the law.
To thank President Petrov.
But he refused because he didn't want to leave until the law was repealed.
Until the Russians who were arrested for the same crime were also released.
Michael was willing to die for what he believed in.
- Thank you, Mrs Underwood.
- He was brave.
And his voice deserves to be heard.
That's enough.
If it weren't for this unjust law, and ignorance and intolerance of your government, Michael would still be with us.
Shame on you, Mr President.
My wife has been under a Great amount of stress these past 24 hours.
She's clearly in shock.
My apologies to President Petrov and to the Russian people.
If you'll excuse me, I need to be with her now.
Claire.
Don't, Francis.
It's imperative that I speak to him.
Well, keep trying, Cathy.
If Petrov won't get on the phone with me, then I'll speak to Bugayev.
Whoever will get on the phone with me, then.
All right.
Thank you.
Your coffee, sir.
Thank you, Ben.
- Mr President.
- Later.
I just got off the phone with Cathy.
The deal's off.
Everything we negotiated.
We have to discuss the next move.
I know what I did.
It seemed impulsive, but it wasn't.
It happened.
Let's move on.
If you have something you would like to say, Francis I just wanna minimise the damage.
If Petrov won't come around, we have to move forward with the resolution at the UN.
- We're prepared for that.
- Good.
Thank you.
Try to get some sleep.
Shouldn't you be in the back with the press? I'm not press.
You're not staff either.
My apologies.
Mrs Underwood? You did the right thing.
I know you're angry.
You should be.
But I had to do it.
Is this some sort of apology? Or you need to get something off your chest? I want you to try and understand.
Understand? - What you did was beyond - I know.
You're not only the First Lady and an ambassador, you're also my wife.
In what order? Oh, come on, Claire.
I said what I said for him.
Not for myself, not for us.
I felt we owed him more than a few false words.
So you want me to forgive you? To say that it was okay? - No.
- Because I can't do that.
- I'm not asking you to.
- Then why are we even discussing it? - Because I want you to know why.
- I don't care why.
I don't care what your reasons are.
There is no reason that can possibly convince me that you should've sabotaged a peace plan we spent months on! It was a political mistake.
Yes.
I admit that.
But if I had said nothing, his death would have meant nothing No, not death, don't give him that.
- Suicide.
- No.
Something undeniable.
I was not gonna try and deny it.
I don't even understand that.
- If you'd give me a chance - I gave you a chance with the recess appointment.
With the resolution.
With handling Corrigan He didn't have a choice, Francis.
We cornered him.
He did have a choice.
Not in his mind.
No one forced him to protest in Moscow.
And we sure as hell didn't ask him to tie your scarf around his neck! If you had spoken to him, and heard what he had to say Oh, what? I would have had some moral epiphany? Yes, you would have.
I don't think so.
Because I'm the President of the United States and I can separate the big from the small.
He wasn't small.
He was a coward and I'm glad he's dead.
He had more courage than you'll ever have.
Do you really want to discuss courage, Claire? Because anyone can commit suicide.
Or spout their mouth in front of a camera.
But you wanna know what takes real courage? Keeping your mouth shut, no matter what you might be feeling.
Holding it all together when the stakes are this high.
We're murderers, Francis.
No, we're not.
We're survivors.
If we can't show some respect for one brave man, and still accomplish what we set out to do, then I'm disappointed in both of us.
I should've never made you ambassador.
I should've never made you president.
What are you looking at?